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Shareware CD-ROMs

One of the most historically important artifacts to come from the home computer telecommunications revolution was shareware CDs, compact discs put out by companies containing hundreds of megabytes of shareware. Initially containing less than the full capacity of the discs (600mb, later 700mb) these items eventually began brimming with any sort of computer data that could be packaged and sold. As material "ran out", that is, as sellers of these CDs found they were unable to easily find shareware programs and files, the hunt began to track down every last file and item that could make the quarterly or monthly quota. As a result, many otherwise-lost pieces of computer history were gathered up in the trawling nets of these individuals and companies and were preserved for future generations.
Some computer bulletin board services would attach banks of CD-ROM drives to their machines to allow users to access the discs, allowing the system operators (SysOps) to claim the BBS had thousands of files available. For this market, CD makers would declare their CDs "BBS Ready", meaning an easily-readable directory of file descriptions was located on the CDs to be read by the BBS software.

While many of the CDs contain shareware programs, a number branched into music, graphics, animations and movies. Additionally, the advent of an internet open to the general public heralded massive collected sets of files which CD makers happily mirrored and made available to the BBS market. Eventually, as operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD became more widely available, CDs were perfect distribution mechanisms for the very large libraries and file collections associated with them.

A number of the initial CD images for this collection came courtesy of the CD BBS of Twin Falls, Idaho, operated by Mark Fugitt (sysop) and Mike Laybourn (remote sysop). The system used a Harris 286 CPU operating at 20MHZ, two 65 Megabit Seagate RLL hard drives and a Dennon CD player that used a "cart" to hold the CD. The BBS was started using RBBS software, a single phone line with 2400 baud modem and a shareware CD.

Additional donations of CD-ROMs have come from Erik Pederson, Peter Simpson, Chuck Gilbert, Koos van den Hout, MCbx, Jason Scott, Tim Hazel, and others.

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Amiga CD-ROM compilation of photo images in various formats: PhotoCD, GIF, JPEG, TGA, IFF-ILBM.
Topic: Amiga CD-ROM
Shareware CD-ROMs
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(2007) 1082 Logiciels DIVX MP3
(2010) 1008 logiciels Freeware-Shareware Win2K-XP-Vista - Multilingual
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(2011) 1754 Win2k-XP-Vista Utilitaires
1-57176-096-2 Font Garden, Oct 1995 Walnut Creek Mac PC 1995 Font Garden.iso
1-57176-148-9 The Clip Art Image Library Version 2[(c)1996][1996][Walnut Creek][DOS][CLIPLIB0896].iso
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100 Great Games for Palm OS and Handspring rs Volume 3 (Global Star Software) (2001)
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100 Great Games for Windows95
100 Shareware Action Arcade Games for Windows95+ (GlobalStar)(Eng)
( 1 reviews )
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Softkey
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100 Smash Win 95 Games. An exciting collection of everyone's favorite games for Windows 95. Full-version games: Bones, Champion Chess, Comet Busters, Craps, Oracle of Runes, Quomino, Slay, Smoke 'Em Poker and MORE! Shareware Games: Acey Deucy, Big 8 Solitaire, Chinese Solitaire, Crazy Gravity, Cribbage, CyberDice, Dominion, Dominoes for Windows, Fortune Raiders, Mega Slots for Windows, Patolli, Pinball, Poker Challenge, Poker Squares, Pro Backgammon, Quarry, Race Track, Ringjongg, Rummy 500,...
Topics: CD-ROM, Softkey, Windows-95
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1000 Best Games for Windows31
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1000 Best Windows Games
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Shareware CD-ROMs
by BeachWare
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A collection of over 1000 Shareware and Public Domain games.
Topic: Macintosh games
Shareware CD-ROMs
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1000 Great Games (Valusoft) (1997)
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100000 Web Images Plus Web Page Creator (Cosmi Corporation) (1999)
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CD ROM: 1000AddictiveGames-Win98+
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1001 Games and More (ValuSoft) (1997)
( 1 reviews )
The DOOM Level CD Collection
by Wicked Sensations
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Topics: video games, DOOM, first-person shooter
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Shareware CD-ROMs
by Tech Express Software
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Topic: video game demos
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101 PC Games Volume 1 (Future Publishing) DVD-ROM (2002).
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101 PC Games Volume 2 from Future Publishing.
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Jeremy Ford
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CD-ROM compilation of 1,078 seamlessly tessellating 256x256 texture images, in JPEG, GIF, TGA, IFF and PIC formats. The original release came with a printed booklet of all the textures. This CD-ROM was reviewed by Amiga Shopper (72%) and CU Amiga (89%).
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Topics: amiga cd-rom, mac cd-rom, pc cd-rom, textures
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favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
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12 Christian Desktop Themes
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Cosmi Software
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CD-ROM collection of images in .WMF, .PCX, .TIF and .BMP format, with viewer tools for Windows 3.1/95.
Topics: Windows 3.1 CD-ROM, Windows 95 CD-ROM
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Swift Jewel
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1500 Clip Art images FREE BONUS! Full Featured Drawing Program Inside This Package! Includes Flex-o-matic Clip Art.
Topics: archiveteam, clipart
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1500 Photos
16 Million Businesses Phone Book (1998 Edition) (CD USA) (1998)
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Amiga demos, utilities, games, educational programs, music, graphics, etc. Includes disks 3352-3870 of the 17 Bit PD Library, packed in .DMS format.
Topic: Amiga CD-ROM
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Amiga demos, utilities, games, educational programs, music, graphics, etc. Includes disks 3879-4567 of the 17 Bit PD Library, packed in .DMS format.
Topic: Amiga CD-ROM
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Topics: 17Bit, Amiga pd, coverdisks
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by 17Bit
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This is 17Bit Phase Four disk.
Topics: 17Bit, Amiga pd, coverdisks
Shareware CD-ROMs
by 17Bit
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Topics: 17Bit, Amiga pd, coverdisks
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by 17Bit
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Topics: 17Bit, Amiga pd, coverdisks
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1993 Aces Research Dr. Windows (UPC 765872322017) shareware
1995 Guinness Multimedia Disc of World Records Version 3.0 (Grolier Electronic Publishing) (1994)
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1996MODS
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1998 TravRoute Door-to-Door Disk 1 of 2 D2DINST2.iso
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1998 TravRoute Door-to-Door Disk 2 of 2 D2DDATA2.iso
1999 Scientific Learning Corporation CBT - Fast ForWord Demo.iso
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1st Canadian Shareware, from BetaCorp Technologies, Inc. 6770-40 Davand Drive, Mississauga, ON, Canada L5T 2G3. Includes directories for Communication, Database, Games, Graphics, Printer, Shells, Sound, Utilities, Windows and Wordpro. From August 1991.
Topics: CD-BBS, Curtis Kemp, Mark Fugitt, Mike Laybourn, Mike Woltz
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2001 A PC World Odyssey (PC World) (2000)
2001 Demo Real.com Realnetworks.com March 2001 Realnetworks.iso
2001 IRS Release 2000.2 Final 2000 CD-ROM Federal Tax Products 2000 2.iso
2001 Lincoln Cybergolf - Roger Gunn's Cyber Golf Pro - Lincoln American Luxury (Four Lessons).iso
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2001 PC for All
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2002 PC for All
2002 USPS United States Postal Service Internet World Spring Invite IWS Invite.iso
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2003 PC for All
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2004 PC for All
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2005 PC for All
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2006 PC for All
2007 Austin Game Developers Conference - Keynote Collection
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Mustang
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PD & shareware Games für MS DOS & Windows 29 x Action 33 x Adventure 20 x Brettspiele 34 x Geschicklichkeit 23 x Karten 21 x Logik 21 x Sonstige 20 x Strategie
Topics: MS-DOS games, Windows games
Shareware CD-ROMs
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201 Solid Gold Games CD-ROM from Cosmi and Swift Jewel.
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Mustang
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PD + shareware Games für MS DOS. 80% von CD spielbar! Action, Adventure, Brettspiele, Denkspiele, Jump&Run, Geschicklichkeit, Kartenspiele, Logik, Pacman, Simulation, Sportspiele, Strategie, Tetrisvarianten, UVM.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: MS-DOS games
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Mustang
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PD + shareware Games für MS DOS und Windows Action, Adventure, Brettspiele, Geschicklichkeitsspiele, Kartenspiele, Logik-, Sonstige-, und Strategiespiele Keine Überschneidungen zu anderen Mustang Spiele-CDs!
Topics: MS-DOS games, Windows games
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Mustang
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PD + shareware Games für MS DOS und Windows Action, Adventure, Brettspiele, Geschicklichkeitsspiele, Kartenspiele, Logik-, Sonstige-, und Strategiespiele
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Topics: MS-DOS games, Windows games
Shareware CD-ROMs
by BDG Publishing Inc
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22,000 Animated Gifs. 22,000 Animated Gifs Cover More than 400 Categories These Exciting Active Images Keep Your Web Pages Stand Out from Others Tons of New Animations You Have Never Seen Before Royalty Free Usage Windows, Mac and Linux Compatible
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: archiveteam, shareware, gifs
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Softkey Multimedia
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25 Education Games. Titanium Seal. The Top 1% Award.
Topics: shareware, education, archiveteam
Shareware CD-ROMs
by Global Star Software
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Windows 3.1 shareware CD-ROM.
Topic: Windows 3.1 CD-ROM
Shareware CD-ROMs
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25 Mega Hit Games (Micro Star) (1996)
Shareware CD-ROMs
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A shovelware disc image, containing shareware, freeware, public domain games, and demos for MS DOS and Windows 95. Includes disc label scan.
Topics: shovelware, games